Freddie shows up Ice

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

Freddie loves the shootout.

Swedish import Freddie Pettersson and teammate Riley Merkley each scored once during regulation and again in the shootout as the Calgary Hitmen beat the Kootenay Ice 3-2.

"Yeah, of course I like it," Pettersson said after deking to the backhand and going top shelf to give Calgary the win.

"We don't have shootouts in Sweden. If it's even after 60 minutes, it's even."

With the score tied at two after overtime, Hitmen 'tender Justin Pogge stopped Dale Mahovsky.

Merkley put the home side up when he deked Kris Lazaruk and went five-hole.

Kootenay's Ryan Russell and Pettersson both scored before Pogge blanked Mike Busto to preserve the win.

The Hitmen improved to 3-0 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season when the team started 7-0-1 en route to a franchise-record 120-point campaign.

The Hitmen outshot Kootenay 40-27 through regulation and overtime but gassed a 2-0 lead and head coach Kelly Kisio was almost apologetic in accepting the two points.

"I thought we were poor tonight in almost everything we did," Kisio said. "We didn't compete a lot in the first two periods and we were lucky to come out with two points.

"Everything we did right in the last two games, we did wrong tonight.

"And that's a good hockey team over there and if you think it's going to be a cakewalk, you're in for a problem."

Merkley opened the scoring for the second straight outing. With less than two minutes to go in the first period, Brodie Dupont sent a perfect cross-ice pass to Merkley, who beat Kootenay starter Kris Lazaruk to the blocker side.

Not content with their 1-0 lead, the Hitmen struck again slightly more than a minute later.

Pettersson broke in on the right side, put on the brakes, spun around and unloaded a cannon over Lazaruk's glove from the faceoff dot.

Overager Darryl Moscaluk left the game in the first period after hitting his head against the glass.

The visitors hit the scoreboard early in the middle frame. Steven DaSilva skated in, drug the puck around a sliding Justin Falk and beat Pogge.

Calgary managed to kill off a 35-second two-man disadvantage but were burned by the Ice powerplay late in the period.

Brett Sutter, son of Flames boss Darryl Sutter and also a Calgary 2005 draft pick, snapped a shot from a bad angle in off the post with just 4.4 seconds on the clock to knot the game after 40 minutes.

HIT PARADE: The three stars were Hitmen C Riley Merkley, Ice LW Brett Sutter and Hitmen RW Freddie Peterrsson ... Not dressed for the Hitmen were D Darryl Yacboski (shoulder, day to day), LW Isaac Reid (groin, day to day), D Alex Plante, D Curtis Kelner and RW Ryan Letts ... The Hitmen are up next Sunday in Medicine Hat against the Tigers (6 p.m., The Fan 960).


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